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Pence Blasts Human Rights Council As ‘Forum For Anti-Semitism’

Vice President Mike Pence delivered the second half of a Trump administration one-two punch at the United Nations on Wednesday, attacking the U.N. Human Rights Council.

“The Human Rights Council has become a forum for anti-Semitism and invective against Israel,” Pence said in a speech to the U.N. Security Council.

“The council’s agenda item seven actually singles out Israel for discussion at every single meeting, something no other country must endure. As evidence, the Human Rights Council has passed more than 70 resolutions condemning Israel, while largely ignoring the world’s worst human rights abusers,” Pence said.

Pence then turned to the human rights violators passing judgment on Israel, saying that the Human Rights Council “doesn’t deserve its name.”

“Today, the United Nations Human Rights Council actually attracts and welcomes many of the worst human rights violators in the world. A clear majority of the Human Rights Council’s members fail to meet even the most basic human rights standards,” Pence said.

“Cuba sits on the Human Rights Council, an oppressive regime that has repressed its people and jailed political opponents for more than half a century. Venezuela sits on the Human Rights Council, a dictatorship that undermines democracy at every turn, imprisons political opponents, and as we speak is advancing policies that worsen deprivation and poverty that’s costing the lives of innocent men, women, and children,” Pence said.

Pence said the U.N. needs to act because the world is in perilous times.

“In Eastern Europe, Russia continues to compromise the sovereignty of its neighbors as it seeks to redraw international borders by force. Radical Islamic terrorism continues to beset nations with barbarous attacks in Barcelona, Paris, London. In the Middle East, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism continues to flout the spirit of the Iran deal, destabilizing the region and brazenly threatening the security of sovereign nations,” Pence said.

Pence reiterated President Donald Trump’s denunciation of North Korea.

“A depraved regime in North Korea is relentlessly pursuing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, and now, as the president said, ‘threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life,’” Pence said.

Pence praised the U.N. for puttIng diplomatic pressure on North Korea, but said the time for talk was getting short.

‘The United States of America will continue to bring the full range of American power to bear on the regime in Pyongyang. We will continue to marshal economic and diplomatic pressure — ours and from countries across the world — to demand that North Korea abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. As the president said yesterday, the United States has ‘great strength and patience,’ but all options are on the table. And if we are forced to defend ourselves and our allies, we will do so with military power that is effective and overwhelming,” he said.

Pence said that if the U.N. wants to bring peace to the world, it must act.

“It requires action, courage, conviction. And so the United Nations must be prepared to do more,” he said.

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source: Western Jounralism

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